The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Rejuvenation (AMRUT) covers 500 municipal areas and hundreds of projects costing about Rs 77,640 crore are under implementation. AMRUT is aimed at improving urban infrastructure and primarily focusses on water supply, sewerage facilities, storm water drains and upgrading green spaces, to name a few.
“The Ministry is in the process of identifying the technology for monitoring of works after the Prime Minister’s last interaction with secretaries and chief secretaries. Robust monitoring is one of the key focus of all urban transformation projects,” an urban affairs ministry official said. Sources said a mechanism is likely to be put in place in the next two months.
Sources said the same technology can also be used to map the progress of physical infrastructure projects under Smart City mission as well.
Recently, PM Narendra Modi had asked the road transport and highways ministry and the Uttarakhand government to “provide real-time picture/status of the works through drone” in the Chardham highway connectivity project when he takes it up during his scheduled web-based interaction with secretaries and chief secretaries in March. The all-weather highway development work is being undertaken to provide better connectivity to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Using technology to map actual progress of urban infrastructure projects also gains significance considering the fact that projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the earlier avataar of AMRUT, was marred with time and cost overruns. Inadequate monitoring was one of the main reasons for inordinate delays of projects.
The rural development ministry has been using IT platforms and mobile applications for monitoring progress of rural road connectivity programme known as PMGSY.
Meanwhile, the housing and urban affairs ministry has also put a proposal before the Cabinet to provide Rs 10,000 crore as incentive to municipal bodies during the next two years to push municipal reforms.
The ministry had introduced parameters for this competition among states and municipalities last year and Rs 900 crore in incentives was disbursed based on their performance. “This is a move to indirectly help municipal bodies to become empowered ones and for states to delegate more powers to these entities for efficient delivery of services. Until and unless municipalities undertake reforms, there is hardly any hope of urban government improving in the near future,” a ministry official said.
Source : timesofindia